Bullying happens in the offline world face to face or behind someone’s back. But technology offers a wide range of tools to facilitate bullying in the same old ways and also in new ways.
Some people argue that technology is only a tool, it is the behaviour which we should focus on.
But it turns out that cyberbullying opens up many new ways to spread rumours, criticise or isolate people, humiliate or torment them and broadcast it all to a wider world than traditional bullies could every have imagined.
What is more, young people see no boundary between the online or offline world and this seamless social interaction means that if targeted, they can find no refuge at home or at night. The cyberbullying can reach them anywhere any time and is often an addition to offline bullying already going on.
This means some targets experience lots of different types of victimisation all at the same time. In secondary schools we see that although cyberbullying is not widespread contrary to what you read in the press, for those who do experience it, the situation can be intense and extreme.
Types of cyberbullying
While tech offers exciting and positive ways to connect with others, support friends, talk to people far away, fundraise for causes and share experiences, those who want to bully can find a varied menu of ways to do so. So cyberbullying can take many forms –
- Rumour spreading
- Photo sharing to humiliate
- Threats and coercion
- Extortion – give my money or I will…
- Alienating your friends
- Hacking someone’s social media page
- More than 1/3 of girls said the online bullying was an extension of what was happening at school
- Stealing or hacking your passwords and doing damage
- Constant pressure to look a certain way (thinner)
- Insults, homophobic or racist remarks/names
- Urging someone to hurt themselves
- Chainletters with threats
- Messing up your game scores
- Using your phone to send malicious messages as if they were you
What you need
Read about the different types of Cyberbullying here
Read Safe To Learn Guidance on Cyberbullying here
For help addressing Cyberbullying, here
For advice on Cyberbullying for teachers here
Advice on different types of activities for young people and parents here
New!Try our lively Cyberdude quiz with music and sound effects! Based on the old format you all love so much, originally Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – we have now created a new version for SID 2015. Download and play here
Poster A4 Stuff to know for young people here
BODY IMAGE and online life – resource from teensafe
BODY IMAGE resource